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Indian Voices • May 2011


HUD Making Nearly $65 Million Available to Tribal Communities Seeking to Improve Housing and Spur Economic Development


Funding to address housing, infrastructure, commerce, jobs


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced a compe- tition for nearly $65 million to confront housing, infrastructure and employment challenges faced by tribal communities nationwide. The funds are intended for communities seeking to improve or cre- ate housing and economic development opportunities for low- to moderate- income families. The competitive grants are provided through HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program to support a wide variety of community development and affordable housing activities. “These grants go to the very heart of the development needs in our nation’s tribal communities,” said HUD Secretary


Shaun Donovan. “The communities that compete for these grants demonstrate enormous creativity and hard work in leveraging the funds to build better housing, create more jobs, and improve neighborhoods from the ground up. These types of projects are at the back- bone of our nation’s recovery.” The application deadline for this


year’s ICDBG grants is June 15, 2011. The ICDBG program was established in 1974 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages to meet their community development needs. Federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, groups or nations (including Alaska Indian, Aleutes and Eskimos,) or Alaska Native villages com- pete for this funding.


Communities can use the funding to develop viable communities, including rehabilitating housing or building new housing or to buy land to support new housing construction. The funding can


also used to build infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities, to cre- ate suitable living environments. To spur economic development, recipients use the grants to establish a wide variety of commercial, industrial and agricultural projects. Recipients have used the fund- ing to build community and health cen- ters, or to start businesses to support the community, such as shopping centers, manufacturing plants, restaurants or convenient stores/gas stations.


HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and pro- tect consumers; meet the need for quality afford- able rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is avail- able on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.


Native American Tribes visit Schools in Berlin Region


On March 9 and 10, representatives of several Native American tribes visited two German high schools in the Berlin/Brandenburg region. On March 9, approx. 70 students gathered in the assembly hall of the Freie Oberschule Baruth/Mark to hear about the culture and lifestyle of the Seminoles of Florida and listen to traditional stories as told by the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipekeepers in Minnesota. On March 10, around 80 eleventh-graders at the Leibniz-Gymnasium in Kreuzberg got a thorough insight into the history and customs of the Suquamish tribe in Washington State and the Eastern Band


of Cherokee Indians in North Dakota. Dressed in traditional clothing, the tribe members illustrated the different styles and materials characteristic for their regions. In answering the students’ many questions, they also explained the diversity among the Native American tribes in the U.S. as well as the reality of their everyday lives and the challenges their tribes have to face up to this day. The undisputed highlight at each event was a traditional dance which got the students up on their feet and in direct interaction with their visitors, as well as with each other. The tribe representatives are in Berlin


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The Administration for Children and Families Needs You!


Individuals from Native American communities are needed to make deci- sions that affect Indian country. The Administration for Children’s and Families (ACF) funds hundreds of tribes every year. Grant reviewers play an important role in deciding what pro- grams receive Federal funding and what communities benefit from these funded projects. Let your voice be heard, espe- cially for the monies directly impacting Indian country. Register to be a Federal grant reviewer today! Please share this information with your friends, colleagues, and other groups/individuals you believe would be interested in reviewing. The flyer can be accessed by by going to:


https://acfgo.com/flyers/ACF_Native.pdf. In order to register and apply to be an ACF grant reviewer, go directly to www.acfgo.com/public/sitePage.aspx?ke y=Home Share your culture and use your voice to improve services to Native chil- dren and families. For more information on ACYF and OHS, please visit www.acf.hhs.gov/pro- grams/grantreview. To register as a grant reviewer, please visit www.acfgrantreviwer.com and enter reference code: ACF-002-2011 or call 1- 866-796-1613.


until Sunday for the International Tourism Fair (ITB), where they can be visited in hall 2.1 at booth No. 440 for direct conversations and travel informa- tion on their regions.


AIS Health Promotion Committee, with the assistance of Julie Armsey, an MSW intern from SDSU, has cre- ated a Web site with information about walking groups for older adults throughout the county. www.WalkHealthySanDiego.org.


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